AthFest Educates Receives Grant to Expand Festival

AthFest Educates Receives Grant From Georgia Council for the Arts.

Funds Will Be Used to Improve Production of AthFest, Celebrate 20th Anniversary

ATHENS, July 8, 2015—AthFest Educates was awarded a $5,000 grant from Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today as part of its Partner and Project grant funding for fiscal year 2016.

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Club Crawl Wristbands On Sale at Local Businesses

Club Crawl Wristbands are now on sale at local downtown Athens businesses including:

  • Wuxtry
  • Lo Yo Yo Stuff Records
  • Chick Music
  • Athens Welcome Center
  • Georgia Theater

You can also purchase your wristband online. Click here to visit the AthFest Merchandise Store.

Full Outdoor Line-up for AthFest Announced.


(April 30, 2015) – As excitement for the 19th annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival mounts, AthFest Educates, the organization behind the three day long celebration of Athens’ music and art scene, released the full line-up for the free outdoor stages.

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Gretsch Guitar Signed by Widespread Panic to be Auctioned.


Athens, GA – (April 30, 2015)–Local music and arts education non-profit AthFest Educates this week launched an online auction of a Gretsch electric guitar that will be signed by all the members of legendary Athens band, Widespread Panic. The fundraising effort aids the organization in giving grants to local educators to advance their art and music related initiatives for Athens area young people in kindergarten through eighth-grade. The bidding is already underway at and will go until the last day of AthFest, June 28th, at noon, when the winner will be announced.

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More Bands Announced for AthFest

AthFest Educates announced more bands for the 2015 AthFest Music and Arts Festival outdoor stages line-up today, with Stokeswood, Kuroma, and T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks joining the line-up with of Montreal for Saturday night, and We Love Tractor joining the line-up Sunday night with The Baseball Project. We Love Tractor, a reincarnate of Love Tractor, will feature Armistead Wellford, Mark Cline, Jay Gonzalez, Bryan Poole, Joe Rowe and Bill Berry.

Headliners for some of the AthFest Club Crawl shows were also announced

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ATHFEST EDUCATES PRESENTS 2015 COMPILATION CD RELEASE PARTY5 bands perform for $5 at the AthFest 2015 CD release party.

(March 26, 2015)— Local music and arts non-profit AthFest Educates will present a CD release event at the Georgia Theatre, Saturday April 18th that will feature performances from five bands on this year’s AthFest Compilation CD. The line-up includes Saturn Valley at 9pm, Uncle Dad at 10pm, New Wives at 11p, Dana Swimmer at 12pm and Tedo Stone at 1am. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are just $5. The CD will be available for sale that night, months in advance of its official release June 2nd and at a special price of $10. The event is for ages 18 and older. Proceeds from tickets and CD sales benefit AthFest Educates.

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Merchandise, Club Crawl Wristbands Lowest Price Until April 30th

AthFest Educates Opens Online Store Selling 2015 AthFest Wristbands, Merchandise.

For sale - t-shirts, AthFest wristbands, CDs and more.
AthFest Music and Arts Festival’s “Club Crawl” wristbands are now on sale and will be their lowest price – $20 – until April 30th. Wristbands for the club crawl will be $25 through May and $30 through June. New this year, 2015 t-shirts are available online for pre-purchase. The t-shirts feature the Matt Blanks AthFest designs unique to 2015 and come in several styles and colors, including a tank top. Also new this year are four “bundled” options for discounted wristbands, tees and CDs. Wristbands and merchandise are available now at

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2015 AthFest Compilation CD Line-Up

21 Track Album Produced for First Time By UGA Music Business Students.AthFest 2015 CD album released.

Local music and arts non-profit AthFest Educates announced the line-up for the 2015 AthFest Compilation CD this week. The 21-track album was compiled and produced by the students in the UGA Music Business program, and executive produced and released by Russ Hallauer and
Ghostmeat Records. Ghostmeat has produced the album for the last 18 years. The CD will be released worldwide June 2nd and be available at,, select record stores, AthFest merch booths and globally via iTunes and other digital music stores. The CD is released to promote the annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival, June 26th-28th, a fundraiser for AthFest Educates.

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Headliners Announced for 2015 AthFest Music and Arts Festival.

Festival Will Feature New Madrid, The Whigs, of Montreal, and The Baseball Project.Band The Whigs will perform AthFest 2015 as a headliner.

AthFest, June 24-28, 2015

AthFest Educates announced the headliners for the 2015 AthFest Music and Arts Festival, which will take place June 26th to the 28th in downtown Athens. This year’s festival will feature a double headliner Friday night, with New Madrid playing in the wake of their latest, critically acclaimed album Sunswimmer, and then Athens rockers The Whigs close the night. The Whigs also have a song on the 2015 AthFest Compilation Album, which was compiled and produced by UGA Music Business students and will be released June 2nd.

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AthFest Educates Unveils Art for 2015 AthFest

Local Artist Matt Blanks Will Create Art For AthFestArtist Matt Blanks selected as the theme artist for 2015.

(February 6, 2015)—AthFest Educates this week unveiled the artwork that will be the look of the 2015 AthFest Music and Arts Festival and AthHalf half marathon, created by local artist Matt Blanks. AthFest Educates’ look for 2015 will be marked by brightly colored mini superheroes flying over iconic Athens landmarks and can be seen on, as well as on event merchandise, signage and the AthFest compilation CD.

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